MOGADISHU - A suicide bomber killed at least six people including two lawmakers in an attack in the central Somali town of Dhusamareb, officials said Tuesday.
"The people killed are two lawmakers and four civilians... among the wounded are two other MPs," a witness, Mohamud Ibrahim said. "They were meeting the civilians to discuss the setup of a local administration," said Hassan Abdulle, a businessman. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in the Dhusamareb, a strategic town in the central Galgadud region, which was wrested back from Al-Qaeda allied Shebab insurgents by pro-government forces last month. Ahlu Sunna, an Ethiopia-backed force that follows Somalia's traditional Sufi branch of Islam, pushed the Shebab out of Dhusamareb in fierce battles in March.
Lawmakers are struggling in efforts to achieve a "roadmap" signed by Somalia's disparate leaders for the formation of a government by August 20 to replace the weak transitional body in Mogadishu. Under the agreement, the latest among more than a dozen attempts to resolve the bloody civil war, lawmakers must agree on a system of government for Somalia's fragmented regional - and often rival - administrations.
The deal is opposed by the Shebab, who have vowed to topple the Western-backed government, launching repeated guerrilla attacks.